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India pull out of badminton series in Pakistan

first_imgThe Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to boycott the Pakistan International Series scheduled to be held in Islamabad later this month as an act of “solidarity” with the government’s diplomatic offensive against Pakistan. (Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur)BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta said in a release that no Indian player is going to take part at the BWF International series which is slated from October 18th to 21st.”The announcement comes as an act of solidarity with the decisions of the government of India in wake of the ongoing tensions between the two countries,” Das Gupta said. (Don’t put India, Pakistan in same group of international tournaments: BCCI to ICC)”On behalf of the council members of BAI and the entire badminton fraternity, we express strong concerns and support towards the sentiments of our fellow citizens of India.”After the Uri terror attack, where 18 Indian soldiers were martyred, relations between India and Pakistan hit a new low with BCCI president Anurag Thakur taking the lead and saying that ICC should not club India in the same group as Pakistan for ICC events. Thakur also ruled out the possibility of the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with the arch-rivals.Meanwhile, India hockey captain PR Sreejesh said that his team will not disappoint the Indian soldiers and will put their best foot forward in the next month Asian Champions Trophy clash against Pakistan in Malaysia. (Will play to beat Pakistan for sake of our soldiers: India hockey captain PR Sreejesh)advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img

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